Shows how the feelings of self-consciousness keep a high school boy from doing his class work well or making friends easily. The boy discovers many of his classmates suffer from similar feelings, but that several of them have overcome these feelings and developed poise and self-assurance.
Ken Smith warns: If you watch this bland film expecting to see another Shy Guy you'll be disappointed. It follows the tribulations of "Marty," who wants a part in the school play but whose self-consciousness dooms him to the inferior role of stage hand. He feels, he explains, "as if there was a spotlight on me," and the inferior stage hands at Coronet help us understand this by shining a spot on Marty whenever he has a nervous moment. Cheap, but effective. Happily, Marty's life turns around when he discovers that he's more confident than leading man "Jack" when it comes to ping pong.
Marty, who also starred in How To Say No, has a swath of shaved skin around his ears so wide you could park a truck on it.
SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS SHYNESS SOCIAL SITUATIONS ATTITUDES POISE SELF-ASSURANCE STUDENTS ADOLESCENTS SOCIAL SKILLS RELATIONSHIPS BAD HAIRCUTS
Subject: A Dorky Film
With a dorky kid all in a futz because a spotlight is on him. These kids look like tenth graders but the school looks in parts, for all the world like a college dorm (ping pong table? pay phone?).
Typical 50's film. Solve some psychosocial dilemma (could be just about anything) and bingo, you get dates.
Subject: Like a 50s version of 8Mile.
Subject: ....Now You Tell Me..
Subject: Good for youngsters
Subject: cue the lights!
So Marty shares his new found wisdom with a guy wanting to learn to play Ping Pong and he even gets a part in the school play!! Soon, the spotlight dissapears.. But I wonder if his schitzophrenia will to... Highly reccomended!
Subject: It seemed a little queer...
What is refreshing is not only the self narration, with the actor's easy going and a bit self-depreciating manner, but also the advice given. It suggests practicing and trying to shift focus to the situation as a whole, which is not bad advice at all. It also indicates that it's not a cure-all, which is a welcome change from the didactic tone of most the period guidance films. A bit hokey with the spotlight motif and amateurish, but still very earnest and truthful.